THE St Michael’s Rowing Club junior 14, 15 16 and 18B women’s rowing squad competed at the annual Carlow regatta on the river Barrow with great success, bringing home 4 wins throughout the age divisions.
Rowing on the newly finished environs of the Barrow flood barrier and promenade the two boat racing format over the picturesque winding river, was fast and intense with a good following wind that made for fast competitive races. Having raced through heats and semi’s, St Michaels found themselves in four finals in the last hour of the regatta.
First out at 3pm were the WJ16 coxed quad scull, stroked by Valerie Sheehan, 3, Ellie Sherin, 2, Ellen Ahern, bow, Joyce McEvoy and coxed by Sarah Sheehan who faced the crew from Commercial Rowing Club from Dublin.
Showing composure and confidence they took Commercial from the start and never looked back over the 1100m course to finish the first St Michaels winners of the day.
Next out were the WJ14 double scull of Sarah Murphy and Eva Sherin, the youngest crew in the club but showing the fighting grit of seasoned rowers by competing in the final despite tipping and swimming on the way to the final. They rowed unfazed by their swim and with style to take their win over a plucky crew from Waterford Rowing Club.
In the WJ16 double, Zara Madden and Valerie Sheehan overcame the stiff test from Fermoy’s double (that included international rower Shinnick) to record the third win of the day.
In the fourth final St Michaels WJ18B double scull, stroked by Laura Walsh with Sarah Sheehan in bow, beat Graignamanagh Rowing club from Kilkenny, in what was the most exciting race of the day to win by the smallest margin of two feet on the line.
St Michaels were less fortunate in WJ15 quadruple scull of Sarah Murphy, Eva Sherin, Meabh Deloughry, Lucy McLoughlin with cox, Aobhinn Ryan, where the crew after a powerful start and a good row were not strong enough for the fancied Commercial crew that went on to win the competition.
In the WJ16 single scull, Kate Healy after a good row was knocked out by the Graignamanagh sculler, but showed good promise for the future.
It was another great day at Carlow, the favourite regatta of SMRC junior squads.